Maria Callas

Maria Callas
Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI (Greek: Μαρία Κάλλας; December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977), was a Greek-American soprano, and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Many critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic interpretations. Her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini and further, to the works of Verdi and Puccini; and, in her early career, to the music dramas of Wagner. Her musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina.

Born in New York City and raised by an overbearing mother, she received her musical education in Greece and established her career in Italy. Forced to deal with the exigencies of wartime poverty and with myopia that left her nearly blind onstage, she endured struggles and scandal over the course of her career. She turned herself from a heavy woman into a svelte and glamorous one after a mid-career weight loss, which might have contributed to her vocal decline and the premature end of her career. The press exulted in publicizing Callas's temperamental behavior, her supposed rivalry with Renata Tebaldi and her love affair with Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. Although her dramatic life and personal tragedy have often overshadowed Callas the artist in the popular press, her artistic achievements were such that Leonard Bernstein called her "the Bible of opera" and her influence so enduring that, in 2006, Opera News wrote of her: "Nearly thirty years after her death, she's still the definition of the diva as artist—and still one of classical music's best-selling vocalists."
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Maria Callas

Maria Callas

Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI (Greek: Μαρία Κάλλας; December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977), was a Greek-American soprano, and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Many critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic interpretations. Her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini and further, to the works of Verdi and Pu...
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PUCCINI Turandot

Studio recording, 1957
Total duration: 1hr 58:00

Turandot - Maria Callas
Liù - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Calaf - Eugenio Fernandi
Altoum - Giuseppe Nessi
Timur - Nicola Zaccaria

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano
conducted by Tullio Serafin

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BELLINI I Puritani

Studio recording, 1953
Total duration: 2hr 19:58

Maria Callas
Giuseppe Di Stefano
Chorus & Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Tullio Serafin, conductor
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BELLINI La sonnambula

Studio recording, 1957
Total duration: 2hr 00:32

Maria Callas - Amina
Fiorenza Cossotto - Teresa
Nicola Zaccaria - Il conte Rodolfo
Nicola Monti - Elvino
Eugenia Ratti - Lisa
Giuseppe Morresi - Alessio
Franco Ricciardi - Un notaro

Choir & Orchestra of Teatro Alla Scala, Milan
Conducted by Antonino Votto

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BELLINI Norma

Live recording, 1955
Total duration: 2hr 34:37

Maria Callas Norma
Mario Del Monaco Pollione
Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Conductor Antonino Votto
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CHERUBINI Medea

Studio recording, 1957
Total duration: 1hr 58:08

Medea - Maria Callas
Glauce - Renata Scotto
Neris - Miriam Pirazzini
Giasone - Mirto Picchi

Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan
conducted by Tullio Serafin

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    CHERUBINI  Medea
    Live recording, 30 June 1959, Royal Opera House, London
    Producer and XR Remastering: Andrew Rose
    Cover artwork based on a photograph of Maria Callas and Jon Vickers
    as Medea and Giasone in the 1959 Royal Opera House production
    Total duration: 2hr 14:22  

    Medea - Maria Callas
    Giasone-  Jon Vickers
    Glauce - Joan Carlyle
    Neris - Fiorenza Cossotto
    Creonte - Nicola Zaccaria
    Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of the Covent Garden Opera
    Nicola Rescigno
    , conductor